While many people have been watching and re-watching the latest trailer for Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, few seem to have been analyzing it as closely as the crew at Entertainment Weekly, who broke it down and unveiled a ton of new information with the assistance of the director, screenwriter David Goyer and producer Deborah Snyder. Here’s the trailer again to refresh your memory:
The site pointed out that a Lexcorp building can been seen in a sequence in which something breaks up over the skies of Metropolis. However, Lex Luthor has yet to be mentioned in any of the press materials. EW seems to think it’s a hint at sequels, but it’s possible that Luthor’s appearance in Man of Steel might be a closely guarded secret.
Eagle-eyed viewers will also have noticed something that appears to be the Fortress of Solitude, although it looks much different from the crystalline version seen in previous films. EW reports the Fortress is actually evidence of previous visits from Kryptonians.
“Even if he didn’t have superpowers it would literally be the biggest story that ever happened in human history,” Goyer told the website. “It would change the face of the Earth forever. Just his existence would. I think it was in one of the Donner films — which I adore — but I think there’s a moment where Lois Lane is interviewing Clark and says, ‘So you’re from Krypton, huh?’ and he says ‘Yeah,’ and then they just kind of drop it. He just said he’s from an alien world! And everybody just accepts it. I just thought the idea that we would treat [Man of Steel] as a first contact story was in a strange way it was kind of a big idea because everything sort of follows from that. So that was one of the Eureka Moments.”
Speaking of Kryptonian technology, instead of being sentenced to the Phantom Zone as punishment for his crimes, Zod and his crew were actually imprisoned in a ship called Black Zero. “It was prison ship that he retrofits, and that’s what he comes to Earth in,” Deborah Snyder said.
That’s not the only major change to Superman mythology, however: It turns out Krypton is a mostly subterranean society, with the planet’s surface populated by a menagerie of creatures, including a giant dragonfly-like insect that Jor-El uses for transportation.
Finally, you’ll remember the now-familiar image of Superman in handcuffs that we first saw as a teaser image, then a poster and now in the trailer. This scene takes place after a fight between Supes and Zod in Smallville, where our hero gives himself up for questioning. At this point it’s assumed that, while rumors of a superpowered being have circulated, Superman has yet to make himself known to the world.
Opening June 14, Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Ayelet Zurer as Lara Lor-Van, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy and Harry Lennix as General Swanwick.